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Sarah Crowther QC and Chloë Bell secure £14.5 million settlement on behalf of a client with catastrophic injuries

Sarah Crowther QC and Chloë Bell recently represented a client in the High Court, who suffered catastrophic injuries caused by a road accident in France.

The court recently approved a settlement of £14.5 million, which is thought to be one of the highest ever French law awards approved by an English court. Sarah and Chloe Bell were instructed by Mark Lee, partner and head of the travel law team at Penningtons Manches Cooper and were able to advise on the intricacies of French law.

The case raised novel questions on the treatment of third-party payments to UK resident injured parties under French law assessment principles. The parties negotiated a compromise on French law regarding special accommodation damages claims and loss of earnings as well as non-pecuniary losses. Damages under French law for the family’s indirect moral damages and direct injury claims were also agreed in separate settlements.

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Sarah Crowther QC has experience in all claims for injury, illness or accident with an international element, including advising on European law issues especially concerning the EU Motor Insurance Directives and disputes over jurisdiction and applicable law. She has appeared in recent high-profile cases in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court and is experienced in working with expert evidence of foreign law and handling claims to which foreign law applies.

Chloë Bell is developing a busy practice with a particular focus on commercial and public law. Having spent two years as a lawyer at the CJEU before coming to the bar, Chloë has significant experience of EU law matters.

To find out more, contact Paul Barton or Mark Gardner on +44 (0)20 7353 6381 for a confidential discussion.

News 23 Sep, 2020


Sarah Crowther QC

Call: 1999 Silk: 2018

Chloë Bell

Call: 2015

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